Kindergarten: The focus in Kindergarten is in the Justice domain. A learning target for the week might be to know about other people and how our lives and experiences are the same and different. Books are great resources to spur conversations, we have read Bodies are Cool, Don’t Touch My Hair!, We are Water Protectors, among many others.
1st Grade: The focus in First Grade is in the Identity Domain. A learning target for the week might be that groups of people believe different things and live their daily lives in different ways. A few books that have been read are Except When They Don’t or Julián is a Mermaid.
2nd Grade: The focus in Second Grade is in the Diversity Domain. A learning target for the week might be to develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfully describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity groups. In prior years we might have listened to different types of music such as Vera Hall’s Trouble So Hard or Mahalia Jackson’s Roll, Jordan, Roll, and asked students questions regarding their identities.
3rd Grade: The focus in Third Grade is in the Justice Domain. A learning target for the week might be that they will be empowered to speak up and take action against injustice, prejudice, and the degradation of any people. In previous lessons, students have taken the Harvard Implicit Bias Test to analyze themselves on unconscious bias.
4th Grade: The focus in Fourth Grade is on Activism and Social Justice. A learning target for the week might be recognizing and giving examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice. In the 21 - 22 school year, students culminated their unit with a large mural project.
Fifth grade experimented in becoming a sustainability lab and hub for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. They embarked on a year-long journey through a project called IMPACT
6th - 8th Grade: Through advisory, our Middle School students engage in monthly programming around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. For example, a topic explored might be Combating Antisemitism. The 6th graders might discuss different forms of antisemitism, 7th graders might engage in role-playing to think through recent incidents of antisemitism and 8th graders might read through recent incidents and statistics of antisemitism and discuss ways that they can make a positive impact on their own community.
9th Grade: Courageous Conversation training (with ongoing practice in the 9th Grade Habits of Mind class)
10th & 11th Grade English: Examples of books that make up the SAS canon include, but are not limited to, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.
11th Grade Data Project: Examples of investigated topics include everything from The Rodney King Trial to The Evolution of Birth Control; from The Effects of Desegregation in Texas to The Protests of the Miss America Beauty Pageant by Women of Color.
12th Grade Senior Project: Previous examples of senior projects with a DEIB theme include, but are not limited to, Project DOC (Diversity of Campus); The Young Black Male Mental State: An Interview Series; Ramadan: A children’s book written and illustrated for youth at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis; and Faith Through A Lens: Using photography to capture the overlaps and variances of multiple belief systems.